Indian Arts and Culture Hinduism A Guide to 5 Hindu Prayers for All Occasions Share Flipboard Email Print A Hindu man praying. Image Source / Getty Images Hinduism Indian Arts and Culture India Past and Present Important Texts Temples and Organizations Hindu Gods Hindu Gurus and Saints By Swami Sivananda was a Hindu spiritual teacher. Founder of the Divine Life Society and the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy, he authored more than 200 books on yoga, Vedanta, and related subjects. our editorial process Swami Sivananda Updated April 10, 2019 Here are the lyrics of five Hindu prayers that are appropriate for you to use at any auspicious occasion. They include: The Maha Mrityunjaya MantraMeditations on ShivaMeditations on GaneshaMeditations on KrishnaMediations on Rama. The prayers are given in Hindi, followed by English translations. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra - The Life-Giving Prayer Om trayambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanamUrvaarukamiva bandhanaan mrityor muksheeya maamritaat. Translation: We worship the three-eyed One (Lord Siva) Who is fragrant and Who nourishes well all beings; may He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality even as the cucumber is severed from its bondage (to the creeper). Meditation on Lord Shiva Shaantam padmaasanastham shashadharamakutampanchavaktram trinetram,Shoolam vajram cha khadgam parashumabhayadam dakshinaange vahantam;Naagam paasham cha ghantaam damarukasahitam chaankusham vaamabhaage,Naanaalankaara deeptam sphatika maninibhampaarvateesham namaami. Translation: I prostrate myself before the five-faced Lord of Parvati, who is adorned with various ornaments, who shines like the crystal jewel, who is seated peacefully in the lotus pose, with moon-crested crown, with three eyes, wearing trident, thunderbolt, sword and axe on the right side, who holds the serpent, noose, bell, damaru and spear on the left side, and who gives protection from all fear to His devotees. Meditation on Lord Ganesha Gajaananam bhootaganaadisevitamKapittha jamboophala saara bhakshitam;Umaasutam shoka vinaasha kaaranamNamaami vighneshwara paada pankajam. Translation: I worship the lotus feet of Ganesha, the son of Uma, the destroyer of all sorrows, who is served by the host of gods and elementals, and who takes the essence of the kapittha-jarnbu fruit (fruit resembling the bilwa fruit). Meditation on Sri Krishna Vamshee vibhooshita karaan navaneeradaabhaatPeetaambaraadaruna bimbaphalaa dharoshthaat;Poornendusundara mukhaad aravinda netraatKrishnaat param kimapi tattwam aham na jaane. Translation: I know not any other Reality than the lotus-eyed Krishna with hands adorned with flute, looking like a heavy-laden cloud in lustre, wearing a yellow silk garment, with His lower lip like a ruddy bimba fruit, and with face shining like the full moon. Meditation on Sri Rama Dhyaayedaajaanubaaham dhritasharadhanusham baddhapadmaasanastham,Peetam vaaso vasaanam navakamala dala spardhinetram prasannam;Vaamaankaaroodhaseetaa mukhakamala milal lochanam neeradaabham,Naanaalankaara deeptam dadhatamuru jataa mandalam raamachandram. Translation: One should meditate on Sri Ramachandra, with hands reaching the knees, holding the bow and arrows, seated in the locked-up lotus posture, wearing a yellow garb, with eyes vying with the newly-blossomed lotus petals, with a pleasant gait, who has Sita seated on His left thigh, who is blue like the clouds, who is adorned with all kinds of ornaments and having a big circle of Jata on the head.